Since 2007, Kenny Davis has been putting his motorcycle knowledge and education to good use at J&P Cycles. Kenny started with us as a technical support specialist assisting customers with their questions — in person, online and at motorcycle events. His performance, knowledge and helpful nature earned him his current role as Tech Specialist Team Lead.
Kenny has a customer-comes-first attitude and he has helped thousands of J&P shoppers and regulars troubleshoot their bikes and select the right part. Kenny is a certified technician who has owned his own shop.
Q: What compelled you to get so involved with motorcycles?
A: I was drag racing on weekends at the local track. I had a ’71 Olds 442. I’d watch the guys on their drag bikes running in the mid 8s to low 9s. I talked one of them into letting me take his bike down the track. That’s all it took! I was already riding dirt bikes at this point and wrenching on my own bikes. Got my first Harley at 19 and never looked back.
Q: What did you do prior to coming to work for J&P?
A: Previously, I worked for a major brewing company as a route salesman. Short hair, clean-shaven, wearing a tie, but it wasn’t for me. I got tired of the daily grind. I decided to go to MMI in Phoenix. After that I went to work for a custom shop in Colorado for a couple years and then opened my own shop. I had the shop for 13 years, (my lucky number). Then I moved to Florida in 2007 and started working here.
Q: What exactly do you do at J&P?
A: A little of this, a little of that. I’ve been with J&P Cycles for three years now. My actual title is Technical Specialist Team Lead. I work in the purchasing department maintaining the catalog, website and our internal computer system — all from the technical aspect. I am on the event crew, which attends the major shows and runs across the country — Sturgis, Daytona Bike Week, Biketoberfest and the Laughlin River Run, among others. I conduct classes for the Destination Daytona store called Girl’s Garage. I’m also involved with web chat and our online forum.
Q: What do you currently ride?
A: My main means of transportation is a 2001 RoadKing with custom paint, Bassani exhaust, 16-inch Carlini apes, and Power Commander. I have numerous other bikes. Right now, I am finishing my 1965 Panhead.
Q: What do you like most about your job with J&P Cycles?
A: Basically, everything. How many people get to ride to work year round, work in the motorcycle industry helping others build anything from stock street machines to mild-to-wild customs, attend events all over the country and be paid for it? I don’t know if you can even classify that as a job?
Q: What is your dream bike?
A: If I had to pick one, I would have to say a ’47 Knucklehead.
Q: What are you currently reading?
A: I read quite a bit. I read the trade magazines for work and during my down time, I like crime novels — James Patterson, Michael Connelly.
Q: Have you ever been on television?
A: I knew this would come back to haunt me. Yes, I have. The girlfriend and I did a show called Wife Swap. The episode was called Wife Swap-Husband Edition. They switched the guys this time, instead of the women. I changed places with a guy that lived in a commune. I had a great time. My girlfriend said if I did something like this again, I had to find another girlfriend to do it with. Does that mean I can have two?